Paintings With Soul

Since October 2006 I've been a daily painter, creating a new pet portrait at least 5 times per week. Over the years I've expanded my offerings to include a variety of animals, pets, race horses, children and other treasured heirlooms. In addition, I accept a limited number of commissions each year.

In 2015 I am honored to be the Kentucky Derby Artist.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Little Britches, Boxer Pup


"Little Britches," 6" x 12", acrylic on canvasboard, $359 to the first taker. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I've just finished re-reading Harley Brown's Eternal Truths and Richard Schmid's Alla Prima (has anyone read Richard Schmid's new book yet? I'm curious....). These books are Bibles for the aspiring artist, and can be tough to find. Try to get them through an interlibrary loan, or if you can swing the purchase, look for used copies on Ebay/Alibris/Amazon. Owning these books is totally worth it - I try to read them each at least once per year, although I have been known to get lost in the pages more often than that. Consider them an investment similar to a workshop, and that makes their price much easier to swallow.

This painting carries many hallmarks of Brown's & Scnmid's style - loose, juicy brushstrokes and a variety of edgework, with the detail concentrated in the focal point.

One thing I especially enjoy when working like this is that it takes all the pressure away from creating something spectacular - you simply tone your surface with a scribble of color and have at it, just like a sketch. No detailed preparatory drawings excepting a quick thumbnail to determine the 3-4 main values. Easy peasy!

Now the hardest part - coming up with a title. Suggestions?

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with friends and family.
See you tomorrow!
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
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